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Al Salam Aircraft begins preparations for the modernization of F-15S fighter jets of the Saudi Air Force

Al Salam Aircraft begins preparations for the modernization of F-15S fighter jets of the Saudi Air Force

The US Department of Defense announced that it signed a contract with Al Salam Aircraft (Al Salam Aircraft) for the provision of preparations for the modernization of the F-15S fighters of the Saudi Arabian Air Force.

The contract, signed by the US Air Force, provides for the commissioning of an assembly plant, the preparation of production plans and modernization schedules of F-15S fighter jets in service with the Saudi Arabian Air Force prior to the F-15SA configuration.

The contract value is 33,06 million dollars. The result of the program will be the upgrade of the X-NUMX aircraft F-70S to the F-15SA version. At the initial stage of this project, two aircraft will be modified at the Boeing company in St. Louis (Ms.). After the completion of this phase, the program for retrofitting the remaining fighters will be implemented in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

The initial phase of the program is scheduled to be completed by December 31 2015 of the year, and the contract terms by December 31 of 2019 are fully implemented.

The Saudi Air Force has operated F-15S aircraft since the 1990s.

In October 2010, the United States Department of Defense Defense Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified Congress of the planned sale of Saudi Arabia of various weapons and equipment worth more than $ 60 billion. As part of the request, in particular, it is planned to supply X-NUMX new F-84SA fighter jets, as well as an upgrade to the F-15SA version of the F-15S F-70S aircraft that are in service with the Saudi Arabian Air Force.

In 2013, Boeing delivered to the test team three instrumented prototypes of the upgraded F-15SA Eagle fighters to be used for flight tests.

F-15SA is the latest version of the F-15 fighter, providing increased combat effectiveness and survival in combat, as well as lower maintenance costs during operation.

The aircraft is equipped with two additional underwing assemblies, which allows it to carry an increased combat load, upgraded avionics, a missile attack warning system, self-defense devices, an electrical control system, an infrared search and tracking system, an APG-63 active antenna radar (V ) 3, container targeting AN / AAQ-33 "Sniper".

The aircraft will be able to use new weapons systems, including the Air-to-Air Side AIM-9X SD, air-to-air missile and various air-to-surface munitions. The F100-PW-229 powerplant will be replaced by the more powerful General Electric electric drive F110-GE-129.
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  1. smiths xnumx
    smiths xnumx 1 October 2013 15: 04
    The Saudis have quite powerful modern air forces, which include:
    83 fighter Boeing F-15C Eagle (18 in a two-seat combat training modification D). Delivered since 1981;
    70 fighter-bomber Boeing F-15S Strike Eagle, analogues of the American F-15E, 68 of which will need to be upgraded to standard Boeing F-15SA Strike Eagle. Delivered in 1996-1998.
    87 Panavia Tornado IDS fighter-bombers (10 in reserve). Delivered in 1989-1998
    24 Panavia Tornado ADV fighter interceptor
    24 Eurofighter Typhoon fighters, designed to replace the Northrop F-5E.
    23 Northrop F-5E fighters (55 more stored) are used as reconnaissance aircraft, 120 were delivered in total, one was shot down by Iraqi air defenses in 1991, during Desert Storm.
    The 84 Boeing F-15SA Strike Eagle is expected to ship shortly.
    A total of 311 newest combat aircraft, plus 5 Boeing E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft. Armada comparable to the British Air Force (217 combat aircraft) and France (278 combat aircraft).
    The American press noted rather decent training for Saudi pilots. So, on January 19, 1991, Saudi Arabian Air Force captain Aihid Salah El Shamrani managed to shoot down two Iraqi Mirage F.15FQs on the F-1. All the details of this battle are not known for certain, but according to American data, the Saudi pilot was pointed at two Iraqi aircraft that tried to attack coalition craft in the Persian Gulf.
    On June 5, 1984, a battle took place over the Persian Gulf between a pair of Saudi F-15s and two F-4s of the Iranian Air Force. The battle took place at short range using vigorous maneuvers and ended with the destruction of one Phantom with a rocket. According to the Saudi Arabian pilots, the second F-4 was also hit by UR and probably destroyed.

    F-15C "605" from the 13th Air Force of the Saudi Arabian Air Force, pilot - Salah, ab Dhahran, late 1990

    The main opponent of Saudi Arabia in the Iran region has:
    Fighters - 75
    25 Grumman F-14 Tomcat, delivered at the same time, armed with Iranian copies of the Hawk missile defense system and our R-27, I don’t know how it all works.
    40 MiG-29 (5 UB) -35 delivered to Iran from the USSR in 1990, 5 flew from Iraq in 1991.
    10 French Dassault Mirage F1s flew out of Iraq in 1991.
    fighter-bombers- about 89
    17 Chinese clones of the MiG-21-Chengdu F-7 Airguard, delivered in 1986;
    28 McDonnell-Douglas F-4 Phantom II, delivered during the check in the 70s;
    20 Northrop F-5 Tiger II, delivered during the check in the 70s;
    about 24 HESA Saeqeh, Iranian clone of the modernized F-5 (in different sources the number varies from 6 to 24);
    Attack Aircraft: about 73
    about 30 HESA Azarakhsh, another Iranian clone F-5, with 2 RD-33 engines
    30 Su-24MK, 6 purchased from the USSR in 1990. 24 flew from Iraq in 1991.
    13 Su-25s, 6 purchased from Russia in 1998, 7 flew from Iraq in 1991.
    Total: 237, in the most favorable scenario, of which there are modern (F-14 Tomcat, MiG-29, Su-24, Su-25) -total 108. Iran has no AWACS aircraft.
    Thus, the ratio of forces of 1,3 to 1 in favor of CA, and according to modern 3 to 1
    1. 0255
      0255 1 October 2013 16: 00
      Iran has no AWACS aircraft.

      Is not it so?
      according to this article, their only AWACS aircraft is called Adnan (Baghdad), created on the basis of the IL-76.
      1. smiths xnumx
        smiths xnumx 1 October 2013 16: 12
        Alas, it crashed in 2009 ...
        On September 22, during a demonstration flight during the air parade in Tehran, dedicated to the next anniversary of the beginning of the Iran-Iraq war of 1980-1988, the Iranian Air Force Simorgh early warning radar plane crashed, which was created in Iraq at the time Soviet military transport aircraft IL-76MD. According to the internet portal, citing Iranian sources, after performing a demonstration flight at the parade, the Simorg crew reported a fire to the right pair of engines and attempted to approach the emergency landing at Tehran Mehrabad Airport. In the process of emergency maneuvering, the radar's dorsal fairing was destroyed, which hit the tail unit, damaging it, the plane lost control and fell into a field south of the Iranian capital, completely collapsed and burned, resulting in the death of all seven crew members on board. According to other sources cited by some media, the collision was caused by a collision with a Saeqeh fighter, an Iranian version of the American F-5E that also participated in the parade.
        The crashed Simorg (flight number 5-8208) was the only DRLO aircraft operated by the Iranian Air Force ...

      2. clidon
        clidon 1 October 2013 18: 06
        The article does not open ...
        But this is a former Iraqi flying radar that flew during Desert Storm. Hardly alive.
    2. alone
      alone 1 October 2013 19: 34
      Quote: Kuznetsov 1977
      and modern 3 to 1

      Of the Iranian aircraft you listed, not one is modern.
      1. smiths xnumx
        smiths xnumx 1 October 2013 20: 40
        Dear Omar, I do not dispute the fact that none of the Iranian aircraft are modern. But then no aircraft in the world except the F-22 Raptor is modern. I classified the 4th generation aircraft as modern ones (F-14 Tomcat, MiG-29, Su-24, Su-25), since most of the Saudi aircraft are exactly the 4th generation aircraft. As for the so-called. "modern" Iranian aircraft: HESA Azarakhsh and HESA Saeqeh, which are clones of the American Northrop F-5 Tiger, with improved avionics and RD-33 engines, I do not attribute them to modern ones.
        HESA Azarakhsh

        HESA Saeqeh

        Northrop f-5 tiger

        as the saying goes find 10 differences.
    3. TS3sta3
      TS3sta3 1 October 2013 20: 02
      and these Wahhabis know how to use this weapon? conduct military exercises? Is there a strategy for managing such strengths? but on the Internet there is a full video of how they drive cars (more precisely, how they tear them to pieces and scatter them around) and if they are also controlled by military equipment, then there is nothing to be afraid of Iran.
      rather, these Arabs will buy the Americans to fight for them. IMHO.
      1. Guun
        Guun 1 October 2013 21: 34
        They will buy it, they will buy (the chickens do not peck money from them - in the literal sense), but together with the amers of Iran they will definitely blow it. They spend $ 400 billion on charity in the country, and this is just the distribution of money to the people. And they are average fighters.
    4. Gregazov
      Gregazov 1 October 2013 22: 22
      Saudi Arabia does not operate AWACS aircraft on its own. She only receives information from them. Agree, these are two different things.
      1. smiths xnumx
        smiths xnumx 1 October 2013 22: 49
        What's the difference? AWACS are directing Saudi fighters, so this does not really change anything, Iran has nothing of the kind, although there are attempts to create its own AWACS aircraft based on the An-140 aircraft produced in Iran under license. However, the followers of the Juche created their own AWACS aircraft on the basis of the An-24 with the radar station of the MiG-29 fighter installed on it, and it is quite possible, given the close Iranian-North Korean ties, that the Iranians may try to create something similar. At least during the Iranian-Iraqi war, they used F-14 Tomcat with their powerful Hughes AN / AWG-9 radar as a "Mini AWACS" cannibalization ".
        Some photos of Saudi Arabian Air Force planes:
        Panavia Tornado IDS (GR.1)

        EF-2000 Typhoon

        Boeing F-15SA Strike Eagle

    5. mirag2
      mirag2 2 October 2013 11: 13
      And then, that is, money is there. And the opportunity to spend too. Iran has no way to not get money for oil (sanctions) nor spend-buy (either).
  2. AVV
    AVV 1 October 2013 15: 39
    But Iran has a population and territory, as well as various types of missile weapons, as opposed to modern Saudi weapons !!! And also a huge Shiite diaspora in the territory of this state !!!
    1. smiths xnumx
      smiths xnumx 1 October 2013 15: 45
      But the Saudis think there’s no missile weapons,
      The number of aircraft: 150 thousand people
      1095 tanks (315 M1A2 Abrams, 460 M60A1 / A3 Patton, 320 AMX-30). Germany agreed to supply 600-800 Leopard 2A7 tanks to Saudi Arabia

      about 1000 infantry fighting vehicles (570-600 AMX-10P, 400 M2A2 Bradley)
      about 2735 armored personnel carriers (1650 M-113, English Vicky gives 3000, but this is unlikely, 36 TPz Fuchs, 579 V-150 Commando, 300 Panhard M3, 20 Brazilian EE-11 Urutu, 150 BTR own production of Al-Fahd-100 and Al Kaser-50). Delivery of 100-200 Nexter Aravis armored personnel carriers is expected.
      300 BRM Panhard AML-60/90
      60 PU Chinese ballistic missiles DF-3

      more than 60 Brazilian MLRS Astros II
      About 1000 artillery guns-524 self-propelled (54 Chinese SG PLZ-45, 280 SG M109A2, 100 SG CEASAR, 90 SG AMX-GCT, 100 BG M-101A1, more than 120 BG M-198, more than 72 BG FH-70, 140 BG M-102)

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      36 combat helicopters AH-64D.
      At the same time, keep in mind that the Saudis will be supported by other monarchies of the region: the UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman and the like, the coalition can put up:
      273 000 people
      about 2500 tanks
      173 light tanks
      2275 infantry fighting vehicles
      about 5000 armored personnel carriers,
      about 821 BRM,
      60 PU ballistic missiles,
      165 MLRS,
      about 1600 artillery pieces,
      80 combat helicopters
      Thus the ratio of forces:
      personnel: 1,3 to 1 in favor of Iran, taking into account the trained reserve (IRGC, "Basij" ratio will become even more favorable for Iran);
      tanks: 1,6 to 1 in favor of the coalition, and given modern tanks, then 2 to 1
      light tanks: 1,3 to 1 in favor of the coalition
      BMP: 3,7 to 1 in favor of the coalition
      BTR: 7,8 to 1 in favor of the coalition
      BRM: 4,3 to 1 in favor of the coalition
      MLRS: 5,3 to 1, in favor of Iran, but the coalition has complete superiority in large-caliber MLRS, Iran does not have anything similar to the BM-30 "Smerch" or MLRS.
      Artillery 1,5 to 1 in favor of Iran, but the coalition has superiority in self-propelled artillery 2,8 to 1 in favor of the coalition and with qualitative superiority.
      Combat helicopters 1,6 to 1 in favor of the coalition, with full qualitative superiority.
      1. starhina01
        starhina01 1 October 2013 19: 26
        a bit too much of their weapons what what is it for soldier
    2. Guun
      Guun 1 October 2013 18: 24
      The Shiite diaspora there under a full cap (and much less than the Sunnis) - if the Saudis suspect something - they will cut out all the Shiites at home and no one will tell them anything. There was a Shiite rebellion - they crushed them with tanks and shot at the crowd than they could - the world is blind however.